The best festivals in Germany and in Europe this summer

We know that summer is still far on the horizon, but we need the motivation to overcome the current situation. This motivation is music, good weather, sunlight, swimwear, and glitter.

Munich Surroundings

Puls Open Air. From 4th to 6th of June at Schloss Kaltenberg. Festival pass 87,5 € without camping (you can buy an extra- ticket for a camping place). Puls Open Air always brings local German artists and other international indie bands. This year, some of them are Ok Kid, Ilgen-Nur, Girl in Red, Juju, and more. Not to mention the location where it takes place, where you will feel like if you were in a medieval film.

Singoldsand: From the 27th to the 29th of August at Schwabmünchen. The ticket sale hasn’t begun yet. This small festival brings the best indie German bands with some international bands together. This year bands like Sparkling, Paul Jets, Rikas, Flut, Meute, Some Sprouts, or Algiers on the international side, form part of their line-up.

Other festivals in Germany

MS Dockville: From the 21st to the 23rd of August in Hamburg. Festival pass 109 €. This festival is located along the shores of the Elbe river, a nice outdoor location. The line-up is not released yet, but last year Billie Eilish, Jon Hopkins, Parcels or Jungle were some of the artists that formed part of this festival.

Melt! Festival: From the 17th to the 19th of July in Ferropolis. Festival pass 124,95 €. This electronic festival never disappoints. This year names like Bicep, Floating Points, Róisin Murphy or Woodkid form part of their line-up.

Festivals in Europe

Primavera Sound: From the 26th to the 30th of August in Barcelona. Festival pass 195 €. We have been attending this festival for ten years and we can only say that it is one of the best festivals we have ever been (and we have been in so many festivals around the world). This year its 20th anniversary is taking place, and they have a superb line-up that combines legends with some fresh music. Pavement, Kim Gordon, the reunion of the riot grrrl punk band Bikini Kill, Dinosaur Jr., Iggy Pop, The Jesus and Mary Chain, Yo La Tengo, Massive Attack, Bauhaus, Einstürzende Neubauten, Bad Bunny, Bad Gyal or King Princess are some of the bands playing in this year’s edition. The festival also has an area by the sea where you can swim while enjoying electronic music, and its concerts at sunsets are pure magic.

Sónar Festival: From the 18th to the 20th of June in Barcelona. Festival pass 170 €. Two weeks after Primavera, Sónar Festival is taking place. The festival is not only about electronic music, but also about innovation. Its Sónar +D space brings technology, virtual reality, synthesizers, and great talks together. This year, they host some of the names that have been part of its history like The Chemical Brothers, 2manydjs, Carl Cox, Laurent Garnier or Ritchie Hawtin, as well as other names like The Blaze, Mura Masa, Charlotte de Witte, and many others.

All Points East. Edit: The festival finally won’t take place this year. From the 22nd to the 31st of May in London. One-day ticket 65 £. Two weekends with some of the best bands of the international scene like Tame Impala, Kraftwerk, Caribou, Chromatics, Iggy Pop, Whitney and more.

Beaches Brew Festival. From the 8th to the 11th of June in Marina di Ravenna. Free entry (however you can donate some money if you like to). Four days at the beach listening to good music and enjoying superb Italian food? Yes, please. This year’s line up is not announced yet, but last year artists like Courtney Barnett, Big Thief or The Ex were in their program.

La Route du Rock – Collection Été: From the 20th to the 22nd of August in Saint-Malo. Festival pass 88 €. This festival at the beach in France has two editions, one in winter and one in summer. Both of them have something in common: an awesome line-up and a nice atmosphere. The line-up is not announced yet, but other years they hosted Hot Chip, Metronomy, Tame Impala, Jon Hopkins, Beirut, Jon Hopkins, Deerhunter, etc.

Vodafone Paredes de Coura. From the 19th to the 22nd of August in Paredes de Coura. The location of this festival and its size are two good reasons to spend some holiday time in Portugal this summer.  The nature of the fluvial beach of Taboão is the perfect landscape for this festival, which this year brings bands like Pixies, Mac DeMarco, Ty Segall & Freedom Band, Tommy Cash, The Comet is Coming or Parquet Courts.

*Header picture: Primavera Sound

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